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John Deere's New Wheel Weight Package Improves Skidder Productivity

Wheel weight option adds 1,900 pounds to the front end of skidders

MOLINE, Illinois (December 20, 2012) — John Deere Skidders just gained a significant increase in performance with a new optional wheel weight package that will add 1,900 pounds to the front of the machines. Available now, the kit is compatible with the 640H Cable Skidder and 648H, 748H and 848H Grapple Skidders.


"This is a simple solution that increases machine capabilities to help our customers become more productive on the job," said Brandon O'Neal, product marketing manager at John Deere Construction & Forestry. "Loggers will see a substantial difference in the load weight they are able to pull with the heavier set of wheels."


The weight package, made for the front two wheels only, requires the use of dual ring wheels and SWEDA axles. New wheels with a dual ring that allow the use of 35.5 tires are also available with the optional weight package. This new wheel is available both as a factory option and field kit. It does not allow for dual wheels and 35.5 tires.


Weights and all mounting hardware for one set of wheels are included in the kit. The wheel is not included.


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